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How Montana is Working to Break Down Barriers to Fair Housing

Guest Column by Bruce Brensdal and Jennifer Olson

There’s no better place to live, work, and play than Montana. Building a successful life here starts with having an affordable and accessible place to call home. Still, for many Montanans finding a stable home can come with barriers. We know families are encountering rising housing costs, a low supply of affordable apartments, and housing choice barriers. Every day our teams here at the Montana Department of Commerce are working to break down these barriers and make access to safe housing affordable and accessible.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Community Development Projects Boost Jobs, Infrastructure, Access to Affordable Housing

April 17-22 is Community Development Week

Water pipe work

Each year, more than $5 million is awarded to Montana towns for community development projects that improve infrastructure, access to affordable housing, and increase training and job opportunities. The Montana Department of Commerce is recognizing National Community Development Week, April 17-22, by celebrating the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April is Fair Housing Month

Montana Department of Commerce continues to advocate for access to safe, stable housing

April is Fair Housing Month, and the Montana Department of Commerce continues to work with landlords, tenants and property managers to ensure more folks have access to safe and stable housing.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Governor Bullock Awards Infrastructure Funding to Historic Missoula Theater

Community development project to create jobs and fuel downtown economic growth

Governor Steve Bullock today joined community leaders at the Roxy Theater in Missoula to award $167,605 in tourism infrastructure and community development block grant funding for the restoration of Missoula’s historic movie theater.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Nearly $2 Million Approved for Development Projects in Montana’s Coal Communities

Funding will help fix roads, purchase emergency equipment, and fund local hospitals

With the passage of House Bill 3, communities waiting for funding will now be able to move forward with essential projects in areas impacted by coal development. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Governor Bullock Announces Funding to Help Build Blackfeet Community College’s Health Science Facility

The new 9,200 square-foot facility will allow the college to expand its nursing and public health programs.

Governor Steve Bullock Thursday awarded $400,000 in Community Development Block Grant Economic Development funding to Glacier County for the construction of a health sciences facility at Blackfeet Community College.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Governor Bullock Announces 15 Economic Development Grants

Grants to assist Main Street Montana businesses with growth and job creation

City of Hamilton

Governor Steve Bullock today announced $374,031 in grants to help businesses in 15 Montana communities and assist Main Street Montana businesses with plans for growth.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Governor Bullock Celebrates Groundbreaking for Red Fox Apartments

Housing development to create jobs and provide affordable housing for hard-working Montanans

Red Fox Groundbreaking in Billings

“Every Montanan deserves a safe and healthy place to call home,” Governor Bullock said. “We know that kids do better in school when they have a stable home. We know adults will have a better chance at getting to work every morning when they know they’ll make rent and have a community of support. And we know that towns in Montana do better when their workers can afford to live where the jobs are.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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